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for that. have a good weekend. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. today was a day in politics for conservatives to let their freak flag fly. the values voters summit, the first post primary win d.c. appearance for would be sarah palin 2.0 christine o'donnell, plus a window opening wide on to the gay people can be cured activism of ms. o'donnell. all that coming up this hour. plus a piece of tape that convulsed "the rachel maddow show" newsroom today for an entire hour and left us all unable to work, talk or in some cases breathe like humans are supposed to breathe. that's all coming up over the course of this friday night show. but we begin with what will be the deciding factor in this year's elections. the one issue that is most likely to determine which party controls congress next year. for all there is to love and hate and obsess about in politics, the determinative truth looming over any predictions about elections is that in the end, the economy basically determines what happens on election day. bad economy, party in charge loses. add that to the ot
. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. we begin tonight with what they said could never be done. they said that wedge issues only wedge one way. if you are a democratic politician, if you've got a culture warrior opponent, you essentially just have to take it. they can win points with their base for being super antiabortion, super antigay and all the rest but there is no way that you as a liberal, you as a democrat can raise those issues from the other side. sorry. you just can't do it. don't bother. you can campaign against reproductive rights. republicans have made an art form of that in recent years but you can't campaign for reproductive rights. that just can't be done. this is how the culture war has settled out over the past decade or so. campaign all you want against all sorts of civil libertarian issues. you can campaign against gay people. you can campaign against religious freedom for anyone who is not your particular brand of christian. you can campaign against reproductive rights. but you can't campaign for these things. that's the common wisdom. they s
to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. how about a bit of big breaking news? late on a friday. a federal judge appointed by president george w. bush in 2002 has issued a federal court ruling late today, essentially dismantling the don't ask, don't tell policy. this is the second very strong federal court ruling against the military's gay ban in less than a month. the plaintiff in this case has not done a national tv interview before. she'll be joining us in just a moment for an exclusive discussion along with someone whose face will be familiar to those of you following our coverage of this issue over the last seven weeks or so. excuse me, over the last year or so. the last seven weeks or so have been an unbelievably good seven weeks for gay rights in america. at least on paper. the proposition that removed existing same sex marriage rights after couples had already been married in california, the prop eight case, prop eight struck down as unconstitutional seven weeks ago. two weeks ago, don't ask, don't tell struck down in its totality as unconstitutional by a fed
the child of the rapist. if your opponent has used that extreme, throw out the conventional wisdom. you can run against somebody on that basis. it can be done. >> common forms of birth control illegal. >> it is ridiculous. >> i cannot believe that 2010 they want to limit access to birth control. >> if this is reaching so far into people's private lives. >> who is he to make that choice? >> he does not belong in my family planning. >> they said it couldn't be done. it can be done. republican senate candidate also remember of forcing women to bear the rapist's child. >>. >> on a response. who says a teenage rape victim should be forced to have the baby? sharon angle, just too extreme. >> one other of these ads. this is a democrat dan seals in going after his opponent, robert dole on the same issue. >> this is for dan seals? newspapers call him independent, impressive. who's behind him? a group that opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and the 2-party said that is behind. >> what bad example means for democrats running. get hit in that ad, does not actually have an anti-choice recor
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